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Voters asked to renew $575M in highway bonds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters are being asked to vote on a proposal to renew a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements in Arkansas.

Pritt decides not to run after all

Pritt decides not to run after all

Drew Pritt, a Democrat who said he would run for U.S. Congress against Tim Griffin (R), for U.S. Congress in the Second District, has changed his mind.

"I have withdrawn from races before and it simply is a question of too many hurdles to overcome," Pritt said in a statement. "I have my health first and foremost to consider. The fact I do not have the financial means to self-fund what will be a highly competitive race is an obstacle. And the fact a few people use the internet to spread malicious gossip and slander my name just is an added obstacle. In the end, I have to do what is right for myself, for my party, and for the people of the Second Congressional District and that is to withdraw my candidacy for U.S. Congress at this time."

Governor appoints 20 to boards, commissions

Governor appoints 20 to boards, commissions

 

 LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment:

Searcy W. Harrell, Jr., Camden, as Circuit Judge for the Fourth Division of the 13th Judicial District. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces Judge Susan Hickey.

Governor Mike Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Antonio Abad, Maumelle, to the Arkansas Board of Health Education. Appointment expires July 31, 2014. Replaces Neldia Preston.

Richard Anderson, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Athletic Commission. Appointment expires July 15, 2013.

Solomon Bradford, Little Rock, reappointed to the Capitol Zoning District Commission. Appointment expires August 13, 2014.

Derek Donahou, Combs, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District 4. Appointment expires January 14, 2013. Replaces Steve Treat.

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Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Drew Pritt, an openly gay Democratic activist who ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 as the first openly gay candidate for statewide office in Arkansas, has announced he will challenge Tim Griffin for U.S. Congress in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.
 
"I believe this is going to be an unorthodox year in American politics," said Pritt. "I believe Americans need someone in U.S. Congress who understands the struggles of being unemployed, owning a small business or who understand what it means to be denied basic civil rights because of who you love or choose to share your life with. I believe most of all its time to stop being politically safe and lets truly be a democracy where we stand by our pledge when it says liberty and justice for all. All means all, not just some. That means civil liberties and economic liberty for ALL Americans, not just some. I am running for U.S.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Attorneys discuss First Amendment issues

Attorneys discuss First Amendment issues

CONWAY, Ark. -- The UCA Student Government Association will host Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.  in the Student Center Room 205A on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.

This year’s topic is “Selected First Amendment Issues on a College Campus.”  A panel will discuss free speech zones, time, manner and place restrictions on “speech,” commercial speech, distribution on campus of literature, materials and handbills, and what is “hate” speech?  There will be a brief history and overview of the First Amendment. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

Panelists are Ms. Ali Brady, assistant attorney general, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office; Dr. Jay Barth, M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics, Hendrix College; and John Tull, attorney and partner, Quattelbaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow LLC.  Dr.

Gay military ban ends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 17 years after a ban on openly gay U.S. service members was implemented, "don't ask, don't tell" has been lifted.

The policy that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private was first implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Since then it's been the source of a cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. 

Catherine Crisp with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) says this is an historic moment for the entire nation.

"This is a policy that never should have happened," says Crisp.

Crisp's partner of 17 years served in the Army and they both experienced first-hand the effects of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.